Freaky features: Vampiric ventures

Halloween is quickly approaching, and what better way to appreciate the season than by watching movies about one of the most influential movie monsters there are: the vampire. This classical gothic monster has inspired hundreds of movies, books and shows spanning across multiple genres. Whether it be romance, action, adventure or horror, there’s a vampire movie sure to fill the gap. Wait for night to come, settle down and bite into these horrific and fantastical vampire movies.

 

Salem’s Lot mini-series (1979)

Based off of the 1975 horror novel by Stephen King, this short series adaptation explores the horrors of small rural towns. It follows a washed up writer revisiting his hometown for inspiration for his next novel. Inspiration isn’t the only thing stirring, though; a vicious old vampire moves in and slowly begins infecting the townsfolk. Moving away from home can be hard, but in this town, it’s necessary. You can find this two-part series available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.

 

Buffy the Vampire Slayer series (1997-2003)

If you’re not too keen on vampire thrillers, try this series instead.This iconic show brought a new type of hero to the vampire genre. “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” is about a high school girl who also happens to be a skilled vampire hunter. This action-packed series delves into a world of deep original vampire lore the creators curated for viewers, bringing new blood to an age-old subject. The originality of this series is refreshing, and while the story spreads out over a seven season timeline, it’s a show that does not disappoint. The whole series can be binged on Hulu or Amazon Prime Video.

 

Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

There have been so many remakes of Bram Stoker’s novel, “Dracula,” that it can be hard to tell them apart. This movie provides something that the others often lack, and that is the truly magical and twisted world that comes to life — or should I say death? — in a colorful way. The visuals of the film are mystical and brimming with color, while other “Dracula” remakes are often flooded with only darkness. The film not only features incredible scenery, but also an A-list cast, with stars such as Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves. This movie, otherwise known as the only “Dracula” remake that matters, is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.

 

What We Do In The Shadows (2014)

Spooky season or not, this movie is genuinely one of my favorite films. This movie has a perfect balance of horror and comedy. The story follows a group of ancient vampires living in a flat in modern day New Zealand. All is going well until they gain an unexpected new roommate who introduces them to new and exciting things, such as night clubs and Google. The main characters are loosely based off of different depictions of vampires, ranging from Dracula himself to Count Orlock from “Nosferatu.” The film is a hilariously dark comedy and a cult classic. It’s available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.

 

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)

This foreign vampire film might be the most interesting one to date. “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” focuses on a dark and dreary city in Iran that is being stalked by a cooler-than-cool vampire. While many vampire movies focus on a male vampire victimizing helpless women, this movie turns the tables; the lonely vampire is a young girl who seeks revenge on men who have been disrespecting women in the city. This movie cleverly transcends from just another movie to a political commentary, as horror films often do. This stunning film is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.

 

In the wide selection of movies about vampires, these are arguably some of the best for the Halloween season. These vampire films will be sure to get your blood pumping — just don’t let the vampires hear.

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